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Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get a mailing from the College regarding Commencement?

Students will receive a monthly newsletter from the College via email beginning in early March. Students are advised to check the commencement webpage periodically to find the most current information as circumstances may change.

I won’t finish my classes until Summer or Fall; can I still walk in the June, 2020 Commencement?

Any Marshall student with at least 135 units completed by the end of Winter, 2020 is eligible to participate in commencement.

What is the difference between the All Campus Commencement Ceremony and Marshall College’s Commencement Ceremony? Am I required to attend both?

  • The All Campus Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 13, is open to eligible students across the six Colleges, and will feature a keynote speaker. Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and other campus leadership will recognize the Class of 2020 at this campuswide celebration.
  • The Marshall College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 14 and is open to eligible Marshall students. Marshall’s ceremony will feature an alumni speaker as well as a student speaker, and students will have the opportunity to hear their names read as they walk across the stage. 
  • Both the All Campus and the Marshall College Commencement Ceremonies are voluntary. 

How many tickets may I get for my family and friends for commencement?

There are no tickets required for guests to attend Marshall College’s Commencement ceremony. However, because seating is limited, we ask that students invite no more than 8 seated guests. It is suggested that students inform family and friends to be courteous to those who may need seating.

Can I reserve seats?

No, seats are available only on a first come, first served basis. In the graduate seating area, graduates may sit with their friends from different majors. However, students are not permitted to save seats for graduates that arrive later than them. Guests are not permitted to save seats for others arriving later than them as well.

How long is the ceremony?

The Marshall College’s ceremony is approximately 105 minutes, so students should plan their post-commencement activities accordingly. Additionally, students should allow approximately an hour to return to their car and leave campus. There will be additional traffic congestion with others coming to attend later ceremonies.

What name will be listed on the registration ticket and displayed on the screen at Marshall’s Commencement Ceremony?

Preferred names will be listed and displayed. If a student’s legal name and preferred name are the same, they do not need to do anything; the legal name will be used unless a preferred name was submitted. Note that the preferred name only changes the first or middle name, not the last name. More information here: Preferred name and Personal Pronouns

Will someone take photos of the graduates at commencement and how do I order copies?

Yes, Grad Images will be taking photos of all participating students in line prior to their name read, as they cross the stage, and as they walk down the stairs from the stage. About a week after the ceremony, students will receive an email to the address provided during the commencement registration process, with a link to access photo proofs. Orders should be placed within two to three weeks upon receipt of the proof to ensure expedited shipping. For additional information, visit:

When will I get my diploma?

Students do not receive their diploma at commencement. Diplomas are mailed to the student's permanent mailing address approximately 3-6 months after the end of the quarter of graduation, following final verification of completion of all UCSD graduation requirements. Students must file a Degree & Diploma Application (DDA) to officially graduate from the University.